Thank you for all your replies. I just ordered my 3rd Sony, in my endless search for a long-range AM portable radio. I had some issues with the previous two, that I wonder if any one else...
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Thank you for all your replies. I just ordered my 3rd Sony, in my endless search for a long-range AM portable radio. I had some issues with the previous two, that I wonder if any one else experienced? The 1st one did not emit the beeps that were supposed to be audible when setting the clock functions, ect.. (The replacement was fine, though). But, the 2nd one's weather stations were so quiet, I had to turn the volume up considerably to hear them. And, they were all the same station. Sony's customer service felt that weather station volume issue was a defect, so, I returned that one, too. But, other reviewers have made similar observations, so, I'm guessing they may all be like that? Another reviewer had a technical explanation for all the weather bands being the same - I believe he attributed it to an internal design issue. Anyone else having a similar experience? It can be difficult these days getting a reply from a Sony technician, so, I'm relying a lot on reviewers experience. As far as picking up long range AM stations on a portable, I'm finding out that without a twin coil antenna, as found in the better home models... there's just not going to be a lot of difference in any of them. In fact, most of my older Walkmans with cassette players are very similar.
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Sony, of course. You must be much younger than I. The Sony Walkman first came out in the 80s, and everyone knew when you said Walkman, it was a Sony. Perhaps Walkman has become a generic name today. Sorry for the confusion.
The biggest factor is the antenna, how long it is and which way it's pointing, if it's directional. I have the Sony and the Sangean but not CCRane. I can't compare them on long-range stations but a mobile device such as the Sony will vary as you walk around because the antenna is coupled to the earphones. When I have mine bunched up to get them out of the way, even strong local stations's reception is poor so I have to let the cord dangle. But I don't try to listen to distant stations with either one and can't directly compare them for you.
I know this is kind of an old post, but I came across it while looking for the Sony Walkman radio myself. Got to eBay and search in Electronics for "passive AM loop antenna." I have an old (discontinued) Radio Shack version that looks a lot like some of those listed. It works GREAT with my Walkman for long-distance AM pickup. Best of all, no wires to hook up - you just put it right next to the Walkman, and it acts like a funnel fo the signal. You experiment around with positioning to get the best signal. Hope this helps...